11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast planner

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Fly
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Morro Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Bus to Los Angeles, Fly to New York JFK

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Monterey reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Morro Rock and Speed Boats Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morro Bay: San Simeon (Hearst Castle, San Simeon Pier, &more) and Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, stop by The Shell Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
nights
Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Visiting Cold Spring Tavern and Carpinteria State Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meditation Mount and Old Mission Santa Ines. Venture out of the city with trips to Bethania Lutheran Church (in Solvang) and La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips